Public Papers/Private Conversations Project

The Public Papers/Private Conversations Project is the first step in the development of the archival work of the Center. This project will require semi-annual visits to select African countries to allow researchers to collect the public papers of democratically elected leaders, and to meet with them and conduct in-depth interviews regarding contemporary events in their countries and on the continent.

The intent of the project is to digitize the materials collected and develop ways to make the information available to our collaborating institutions and the broader community.

In addition to adding to the archives of the Center, this project represents an opportunity to gather current information regarding developments in Africa, and would put the Center on the cutting-edge of policy debates and deliberations on Africa.